Royal Logistic Corps

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Royal Logistic Corps
Active 5 April 1993 - present
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Role Logistics
Garrison/HQ Dettingen House, Deepcut, Surrey
Nickname Loggies
Really Large Corps
Motto "We sustain"
Colonel-in-chief HRH The Princess Royal
Tactical recognition flash RLC TRF.svg

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) provides logistic support functions to the British Army. It is the largest Corps in the Army, comprising around 17% of its strength. The RLC flag is dark blue with the Corps Badge emblazoned on the centre.


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The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed on Monday, 5 April 1993, by the union of five British Army corps:[1]

The RLC comprises both Regular and Army Reserve units.[2]

The RLC is the only (Combat Service Support) Corps of the British Army with battle honours, derived from the usage of previous transport elements (Royal Waggon Train, etc.) as heavy cavalry. The battle honours are:

Cap Badge[edit]

The RLC cap badge is an amalgamation of the cap badges of the forming corps:

The inscription on the garter band "Honi soit qui mal y pense" can be translated as "Evil to him who evil thinks". It is often seen on the insignia of Regiments and Corps with 'Royal' in their title.

Available trades[edit]

  • Ammunition Technician (Ammo Tech)
  • Chef
  • Driver
  • Driver / Tank Transporter
  • Driver / Air Despatcher
  • Driver / Communications specialist
  • Driver / Port Operator
  • Driver / Vehicle Support Specialist
  • Logistic Supply Specialist (LSS)
  • Marine Engineer
  • Movement Controller
  • Operational Hygiene Specialist
  • Petroleum Operator
  • Photographer
  • Pioneer
  • Postal and Courier Operator
  • Rail Operator
  • Mariner/Navigator
  • Systems Analyst


Regular Army[edit]

Unit (with Army 2020 names) Current Location Future Location Notes
1 Logistic Support Regiment RLC
(1 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Gutersloh Bicester
2 Logistic Support Regiment RLC Gutersloh Disbands Disbands during 2014.
3 Logistic Support Regiment RLC
(3 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dalton Barracks Aldershot
4 Logistic Support Regiment RLC
(4 Close Support Logistic Regiment RLC)
Dalton Barracks Dalton Barracks
5 Training Regiment Prince William of Gloucester Barracks Not mentioned in Army 2020
6 Regiment RLC
( 6 Force Logistic Regiment RLC)
Princess Royal Barracks, Gutersloh Dishforth Airfield
7 Regiment RLC
(7 Force Logistic Regiment RLC)
Kendrew Barracks Kendrew Barracks
9 Regiment RLC
(9 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
Buckley Barracks Buckley Barracks
10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
(10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment)
Aldershot Aldershot
11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment
(11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC)
Vauxhall Barracks Vauxhall Barracks
13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC
(13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC)
Colchester Colchester
17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC
(17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC)
McMullen Barracks McMullen Barracks The Regiment has three Port Squadrons, a Port Enabling Squadron, a REME Workshop and a Headquarters Squadron. It operates a wide variety of vehicles, plant, railway equipment and vessels, including Ramp Craft Logistic (RCL), Workboats, Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP), MEXEFLOTE rafts and Rigid Raider Craft. It also has the only military Dive Team in the RLC; they are responsible for a range of tasks including port clearance and vessel maintenance.[3] Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.
23 Pioneer Regiment Bicester Disbands Disbands Bicester in September 2014. Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.
25 Training Support Regiment Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut Not mentioned in Army 2020
27 Regiment RLC
(27 Theatre Logistic Regiment RLC)
Travers Barracks, Aldershot Dalton Barracks
29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment RLC
(29 Postal Courier & Movement Regiment RLC)
Duke of Gloucester Barracks Duke of Gloucester Barracks Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.

Notable minor units and joint units with a large RLC element include:

  • 21 & 23 UKSF(R) Support Squadron's provides support staff to UKSF Units, activities including personnel such as Drivers,Technicians,EOD all selected from the RLC.
  • 20 Logistic Support Squadron, London District
  • 89 Postal and Courier Unit, (SHAPE)
  • 105 Logistic Support Squadron, (BATUS)
  • 132 Aviation Supply Squadron, part of 7 Battalion REME within 16 Air Assault Brigade
  • Cyprus Service Support Unit, (British Forces Cyprus)
  • Joint Helicopter Support Squadron, RAF Odiham, a combined RLC / RAF unit.

Disbanded Units:

  • 8 Regiment - The Regiment formed in 1964 at Munster, Germany as 8 Transport Column, RASC at the height of the Cold War. Initially based in Nelson Barracks, it moved to Portsmouth Barracks and was disbanded in York Barracks on 27 March 2012. The regiment consisted of 3, 5, 13 and 27 Squadrons and in its time had attached pioneers from the RPC, and infantry from a resident Munster battalion as Force Protection. It worked closely with the American Custodial Detachment whose role was maintenance of nuclear warheads and weapons components. The regiment directly supported the Gunners (The Royal Regiment of Artillery), firstly 24, 39 and 50 Missile Regiments and later the Multi-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Regiments. This latter task was carried out in the UK from barracks at Catterick,1993-2008.
  • 12 Logistic Support Regiment - Disbanded at Abingdon 12vDecember 2013.
  • 19 Combat Service Support Battalion - a combined unit with a logistical squadron and an Equipment Support company. Disbanded N Ireland December 2012.
  • 24 Regiment - disbanded in Germany, 30th January 2014. Part of 104th Logistic Support Brigade.

Drivers, Technicians, EOD all selected from the RLC.

Army Reserve[edit]


The Corps Headquarters is at Dettingen House within Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut near Camberley, Surrey. It is headed by a Colonel (Colonel RLC) as the professional head of the Corps. Col RLC is responsible for the Moral Component, regimental infrastructure and support and works to the Adjutant General (AG).

An update was given at Deepcut on 9 February 2012 on the future planned move of HQ RLC & Defence Logistics School from Deepcut to Worthy Down (Project KESTREL) the date of 2018 is now projected for moves, with new buildings being built from April 2015 with 'ring-fenced' cash not affected by the 'Strategic Defence Review'. The plans are subject to confirmation by the Central Staffs, however a "No move before..." 2015 remains.

Master General of Logistics[edit]

There is also a ceremonial head (instituted in 2009), who heads the Corps and its wider family such as the Associations and Cadets, known as the Master General of Logistics (MGL). The first MGL was General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, who held until December 2010 the post of Chief of Defence Materiel, the senior military post associated with supply and acquisition in the Ministry of Defence. The latest MGL, appointed on 1 June 2012, is Major General Mark Poffley. He is currently serving in MOD, Whitehall.


The RAOC Gazette and The Waggoner are still published every 6 months as Membership Newsletters of Forming Corps Associations, and as a sub-section of 'The Sustainer, House journal of The Royal Logistic Corps'. The latter is a quarterly magazine published as the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer editions. The Pioneer will continue to be published from Bicester until 2015, after which it will be published 6 monthly as is The Waggoner.

Ceremonial Chief[edit]

The current Colonel-in-Chief (an honorary position) is HRH The Princess Royal. The Deputy Colonels-in-Chief are HRH The Duke of Gloucester and HRH The Duchess of Kent.

Royal Logistic Corps landing craft, the RCL Arezzo


The corps is nicknamed "The Really Large Corps" (a play on its abbreviation RLC), "The Loggies", and by derogatory titles referencing supply such as "Blanket Stackers" or "Duvet Technicians". The Corps forms approximately 17% of the British Army and is the single largest component of the Army. Royal Logistic Corps soldiers can belong to any one or more of the 20 trade groups.


The corps has the alliances with the logistic units of Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. It is affiliated with 4 Livery Companies of the City of London including the Worshipful Company of Launderers.


In the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens, the Royal Logistic Corps had the most athletes from the British Army competing in the Games. These were Private Musa Audu (Nigeria), Private Seidu Duah (Ghana), Lance Corporal Josephus Thomas (Sierra Leone) and Corporal Joselyn Thomas (Sierra Leone). Private Audu achieved success at the Olympics when he was part of 4 x 400m relay final that won the Bronze medal for Nigeria.


Victoria Cross

The RLC has six Victoria Cross holders; Five derive historically from establishments that eventually became the Royal Corps of Transport.

Albert Medal

The RLC has ten Albert Medal (lifesaving) holders from its former Corps. Two of the holders exchanged their Albert Medals for the George Cross in 1971.

  • Lieutenant SA Rowlandson. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Staff Sergeant TM Walton. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Private A Anderson. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Private JT Lawrence. Army Service Corps. 21 May 1916.
  • Major LC Bearne DSO. Army Service Corps. 22 October 1916.
  • Private AS Usher. Army Service Corps. 22 October 1916.
  • Private A Johnson. Army Service Corps. 30 June 1918.
  • Driver A Horne. Army Service Corps. 30 June 1918.
  • Lieutenant G Rackham. Royal Army Service Corps. 27 October 1918. (Exchanged for GC)
  • Private WC Cleall. Royal Army Service Corps. 11 August 1919. (Exchanged for GC)
George Cross

The RLC has eleven holders of the George Cross, six from the RAOC, one from the Royal Pioneer Corps and one from the Royal Army Service Corps. Three GCs have been awarded to members of the RLC.

  • Lieutenant William Eastman GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 24 December 1940.
  • Captain Robert Jephson-Jones GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 24 December 1940.
  • Corporal James Scully GC. Royal Pioneer Corps. 8 July 1941.
  • Major Kenneth Biggs GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 October 1946.
  • Staff Sergeant Sidney Rogerson GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 October 1946.
  • Driver Joseph Hughes GC. Royal Army Service Corps. 26 June 1947.
  • Major Stephen Styles GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 11 January 1972.
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 Barry Johnson GC. Royal Army Ordnance Corps. 6 November 1990.
  • Captain Peter Norton GC. Royal Logistic Corps. 24 July 2005.
  • Staff Sergeant Kim Spencer Hughes GC, Royal Logistic Corps 19 March 2010.
  • Staff Sergeant Olaf Sean Schmid GC, Royal Logistic Corps 19 March 2010.
George Medal

The RLC has one hundred and fifteen holders of the George Medal from all of its former Corps, including nineteen from the Royal Army Service Corps, sixty-seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, thirteen from the Royal Pioneer Corps, one from the Army Catering Corps and fifteen to the RLC including one first bar. The first George Medals awarded to the RAOC were to Lieutenant R Chalkley and Captain DAS Martin on 13 December 1940 for conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in Great Britain and Gibraltar respectively.

  • Private L McGariggle GM Royal Pioneer Corps 27 July 1951.
  • Private A Hilton GM Royal Army Ordnance Corps 20 April 1954.
  • Lieutenant Colonel MH Mackenzie Orr GM Royal Army Ordnance Corps 18 March 1974.
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 JRT Balding GM Royal Logistic Corps 12 October 1993, this was the first GM awarded to a member of the newly formed Royal Logistic Corps.
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 NB Thomsen GM Royal Logistic Corps 1995.
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 A Islam GM QGM Royal Logistic Corps 1997.
  • Captain R Baker GM Royal Logistic Corps, 2000
  • Captain J Priestly GM Royal Logistic Corps, 2000
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary John O'Donnell, Royal Logistic Corps. 15 December 2006.[6] O'Donnell was later killed by an IED whilst serving in Afghanistan.[7] He was later posthumously awarded a second GM in March 2009 for "repeated and sustained acts of immense bravery" for his actions in Afghanistan in two separate incidents in May and July 2008.[8]
  • Captain DM Shepherd GM Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010. Killed in Afghanistan whilst clearing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during his tour on Op HERRICK.
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 Karl Ley GM Royal Logisitc Corps 24 September 2010.
  • Staff Sergeant BG Linley GM Royal Logistic Corps 25 March 2011. Killed in Afghanistan whilst conducting Improvised Explosive Device Disposal tasks during his tour on Op HERRICK in 2010.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross
  • Staff Sergeant JA Wadsworth CGC, Royal Logistic Corps. 7 March 2008
Military Cross

Members of the RLC have received 6 awards of the Military Cross since 1993, 2 for actions in Iraq, the remainder for actions in Afghanistan.

  • Lance Corporal DG Dickson MC Royal Logistic Corps (The Scottish Transport Regiment) Volunteers, 23 March 2005.
  • Captain SD Bratcher MC Royal Logistic Corps, 24 March 2006.
  • Major ID Scattergood MBE MC Royal Logistic Corps, 25 July 2008.
  • Staff Sergeant GD Wood MC Royal Logistic Corps, 24 September 2010.
  • Captain SA Scott MC Royal Logistic Corps, 25 March 2011.
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 JL Palmer MC Royal Logistic Corps, 30 September 2011.
Queen's Gallantry Medal

The RLC has one hundred and eleven holders of the Queen's Gallantry Medal, two from the Royal Corps of Transport, sixty seven from the Royal Army Ordnance Corps including one first bar and forty two to the RLC including two first bars.

  • Driver WG Mountain QGM, Royal Corps of Transport, 7 October 1974
  • Corporal P Fletcher QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 7 October 1974
  • Captain G O'Sullivan QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 16 April 1984
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 EL Bienkowski QGM, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 14 April 1987
  • Warrant Officer Class 1 RJ McLelland QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 21 November 1994
  • Warrant Officer Class 2 CRG Grant QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 11 September 2009 [1]
  • Captain WEJ Owers QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010
  • Lance Corporal DJ Timmins QGM, Royal Logistic Corps, 19 March 2010
  • Captain JP Fidell QGM Royal Logistic Corps, 23 March 2012 - Capt Fidell has the honour of being the 100th award of the QGM to an Ammunition Technician/Ammunition Technical Officer IEDD Operator of the RAOC/RLC since the inception of the QGM in 1974.
Bar to Queen's Gallantry Medal
  • WO1 GR Ferguson QGM*, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1986
  • Captain EC Heakin QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps, 7 March 2008
  • Captain VM Strafford QGM*, Royal Logistic Corps, 7 March 2008


As of 4 May 2012, The Royal Logistic Corps has lost 39 Corps members on operations to date:

  • 9 in Northern Ireland,.
  • 10 in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 5 in Iraq.
  • 15 in Afghanistan.

Order of precedence[edit]

Preceded by
Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Royal Army Medical Corps

See also[edit]


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